Competitive Information for Tentacruel [Black/White]

Competitive Pokemon Black/White Movesets and Strategies for Tentacruel tentacruel
Base Stats for Tentacruel

Water / Poison

Abilities:
Liquid OozeLiquid Ooze: This Pokemon damages those draining HP from it for as much as they would heal.
,
Rain DishRain Dish: If Rain Dance is active, this Pokemon heals 1/16 of its max HP each turn.
,
Clear BodyClear Body: Prevents other Pokemon from lowering this Pokemon's stat stages.


Evolutions / Family:
Tentacool
Tentacruel

Weakness Chart for Water/Poison-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
0.5x
  
  
2x
0.5x
0.5x
  
  
  
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
2x
0.5x
  
0.5x
2x
  
0.5x
0.5x
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Tentacruel? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Black/White Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Black/White generation metagame.


Common team mates for Tentacruel in Pokemon Black/White:

PolitoedFerrothornJirachiLandorus-TherianKeldeoThundurus-TherianTornadusGliscorLatiasChanseyQuagsireKyurem


Tentacruel is popular Water and Poison-typed Pokemon. It's pretty regular to see Tentacruel show up as a Black/White opponent. Tentacruel is weak to Electric, Ground, and Psychic-typed attacks.


Species: Tentacruel
Item: Black Sludge / Leftovers
Ability: Rain Dish
Nature: Timid (+Spe, -Atk)
EVs: 248 Hp / 244 Def / 16 Spe
Moveset:
- Scald
- Rapid Spin
- Protect / Substitute
- Toxic / Toxic Spikes

Physical Wall Tentacruel (Analytic)

Tentacruel is a remarkable Physical Wall. It's purpose is to take a mighty amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Tentacruel last longer regaining it's it's health every turn. With Rain Dish, if rain dance is active Tentacruel heals 1/16 of its max hp each turn.

Scald is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (30% chance to burn the target).
Rapid Spin is a physical 20-base power Normal-type move (frees Tentacruel from hazards, binding, leech seed).
Protect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Tentacruel this turn).
Substitute is a status move (Tentacruel takes 1/4 its max hp to put in a substitute).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).
Toxic Spikes is a status move (poisons grounded foes on switch-in. max 2 layers).




Species: Tentacruel
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Clear Body
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Poison Jab
- Waterfall / Dive
- Double-Edge / Return
- Payback

Physical Sweeper Tentacruel (Clear Body)

Tentacruel is a notable Physical Sweeper. It's purpose is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Tentacruel from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. With Clear Body, prevents other pokemon from lowering Tentacruel's stat stages.

Poison Jab is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Dive is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (dives underwater turn 1, strikes turn 2).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Payback is a physical 50-base power Dark-type move (power doubles if your Tentacruel moves after the target).




Species: Tentacruel
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Clear Body
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Surf / Scald
- Sludge Wave / Sludge Bomb
- Ice Beam
- Giga Drain

Special Sweeper Tentacruel (Clear Body)

Tentacruel is an extraordinary Special Sweeper. The purpose of this moveset is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Tentacruel from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. With Clear Body, prevents other pokemon from lowering Tentacruel's stat stages.

Surf is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Scald is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (30% chance to burn the target).
Sludge Wave is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Poison-type move (10% chance to poison adjacent pokemon).
Sludge Bomb is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Giga Drain is a special 75-base power Grass-type move (Tentacruel recovers 50% of the damage dealt).




Species: Tentacruel
Item: Black Sludge
Ability: Liquid Ooze
Nature: Naive (+Spe, -SpD)
EVs: 252 Hp / 252 Atk / 4 Spe
Moveset:
- Scald
- Rapid Spin
- Giga Drain / Venoshock
- Ice Beam

Tentacruel Physical Tank (Cruel Fate)

Tentacruel is popular Physical Tank. This moveset is designed to take a decent amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. With Liquid Ooze, Tentacruel damages those draining hp from it for as much as they would heal.

Scald is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (30% chance to burn the target).
Rapid Spin is a physical 20-base power Normal-type move (frees Tentacruel from hazards, binding, leech seed).
Giga Drain is a special 75-base power Grass-type move (Tentacruel recovers 50% of the damage dealt).
Venoshock is a special STAB-boosted 65-base power Poison-type move (power doubles if the target is poisoned).
Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).




Species: Tentacruel
Item: Black Sludge
Ability: Rain Dish
Nature: Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EVs: 252 Hp / 240 Def / 16 Spe
Moveset:
- Scald
- Toxic Spikes
- Rapid Spin
- Protect

Tentacruel Physical Wall (Hentaisquid)

Tentacruel is a spectacular Physical Wall. It tries to take a considerable amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. With Rain Dish, if rain dance is active Tentacruel heals 1/16 of its max hp each turn. This tentacruel is best set for Rain teams! Scald is an obvious, decently strong STAB move that has a high chance to burn, which is always good. Protect is so you can stall out the Black Sludge+Rain Dish recovery method is AMAZING. Toxic Spikes is just a useful hazard that is uncommon on most Pokemon in the OU tier.

Scald is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (30% chance to burn the target).
Toxic Spikes is a status move (poisons grounded foes on switch-in. max 2 layers).
Rapid Spin is a physical 20-base power Normal-type move (frees Tentacruel from hazards, binding, leech seed).
Protect is a status move (prevents moves from affecting your Tentacruel this turn).




Species: Tentacruel
Item: Black Sludge
Ability: Liquid Ooze
Nature: Calm (+SpD, -Atk)
EVs: 248 Hp / 252 SpD / 8 Spe
Moveset:
- Scald
- Toxic Spikes
- Rapid Spin / Acid Spray
- Toxic / Knock Off

Tentacruel Special Wall (Cruel Spinspike )

Tentacruel is a fabulous Special Wall. It's meant to take a hefty amount of hits from special attacks while dealing some decent damage. With Liquid Ooze, Tentacruel damages those draining hp from it for as much as they would heal.

Scald is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (30% chance to burn the target).
Toxic Spikes is a status move (poisons grounded foes on switch-in. max 2 layers).
Rapid Spin is a physical 20-base power Normal-type move (frees Tentacruel from hazards, binding, leech seed).
Acid Spray is a special STAB-boosted 40-base power Poison-type move (100% chance to lower the target's special defense by 2 stages).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).
Knock Off is a physical 20-base power Dark-type move (removes the target's held item).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Tentacruel? These builds have been optimized for Black/White Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Black/White generation metagame.


Common team mates for Tentacruel in Pokemon Black/White:

PolitoedFerrothornJirachiLandorus-TherianKeldeoThundurus-TherianTornadusGliscorLatiasChanseyQuagsireKyurem


Species: Tentacruel
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Clear Body
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Poison Jab
- Waterfall / Dive
- Double-Edge / Return
- Payback

Doubles Physical Sweeper Tentacruel (Clear Body)

Tentacruel is a decent Physical Sweeper. It's goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Tentacruel from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. With Clear Body, prevents other pokemon from lowering Tentacruel's stat stages.

Poison Jab is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
Waterfall is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (20% chance to flinch the target).
Dive is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (dives underwater turn 1, strikes turn 2).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 33% recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Payback is a physical 50-base power Dark-type move (power doubles if your Tentacruel moves after the target).




Species: Tentacruel
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Clear Body
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Sludge Wave / Sludge Bomb
- Surf / Scald
- Icy Wind / Ice Beam
- Giga Drain

Doubles Special Sweeper Tentacruel (Clear Body)

Tentacruel is a spectacular Special Sweeper. It's designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Tentacruel from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. With Clear Body, prevents other pokemon from lowering Tentacruel's stat stages.

Sludge Wave is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Poison-type move (10% chance to poison adjacent pokemon).
Sludge Bomb is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
Surf is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Water-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. double damage on dive).
Scald is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Water-type move (30% chance to burn the target).
Icy Wind is a special 55-base power Ice-type move (100% chance to lower the foes speed by 1 stage).
Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Giga Drain is a special 75-base power Grass-type move (Tentacruel recovers 50% of the damage dealt).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Tentacruel learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Acid
40
100%
30
10% chance to lower the foe(s) Sp. Def by 1.
Acid Spray
40
100%
20
100% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 2.
Aurora Beam
65
100%
20
10% chance to lower the target's Attack by 1.
Blizzard
120
70%
5
10% chance to freeze foe(s). Can't miss in hail.
Brine
65
100%
10
Power doubles if the target's HP is 50% or less.
Bubble
20
100%
30
10% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Bubble Beam
65
100%
20
10% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Giga Drain
75
100%
10
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Hex
50
100%
10
Power doubles if the target has a status ailment.
Hydro Pump
120
80%
5
No additional effect.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Ice Beam
95
100%
10
10% chance to freeze the target.
Icy Wind
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Mirror Coat
--
100%
20
If hit by special attack, returns double damage.
Muddy Water
95
85%
10
30% chance to lower the foe(s) accuracy by 1.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Scald
80
100%
15
30% chance to burn the target.
Sludge Bomb
90
100%
10
30% chance to poison the target.
Sludge Wave
95
100%
10
10% chance to poison adjacent Pokemon.
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Surf
95
100%
15
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dive.
Venoshock
65
100%
10
Power doubles if the target is poisoned.
Water Pulse
60
100%
20
20% chance to confuse the target.
Whirlpool
35
85%
15
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Wring Out
--
100%
5
More power the more HP the target has left.
Bind
15
85%
20
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Constrict
10
100%
35
10% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Cut
50
95%
30
No additional effect.
Dive
80
100%
10
Dives underwater turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Knock Off
20
100%
20
Removes the target's held item.
Natural Gift
--
100%
15
Power and type depends on the user's Berry.
Payback
50
100%
10
Power doubles if the user moves after the target.
Poison Jab
80
100%
20
30% chance to poison the target.
Poison Sting
15
100%
35
30% chance to poison the target.
Rapid Spin
20
100%
40
Frees user from hazards, binding, Leech Seed.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% chance acc -1)
Thief
40
100%
10
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Waterfall
80
100%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Wrap
15
90%
20
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Acupressure
--
--
30
Raises a random stat of the user or an ally by 2.
Aqua Ring
--
--
20
User recovers 1/16 max HP per turn.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Barrier
--
--
30
Raises the user's Defense by 2.
Captivate
--
100%
20
Lowers the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 2 if opposite gender.
Confuse Ray
--
100%
10
Confuses the target.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Hail
--
--
10
For 5 turns, hail crashes down.
Haze
--
--
30
Eliminates all stat changes.
Magic Coat
--
--
15
Bounces back certain non-damaging moves.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Safeguard
--
--
25
For 5 turns, protects user's party from status.
Screech
--
85%
40
Lowers the target's Defense by 2.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Supersonic
--
55%
20
Causes the target to become confused.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Swords Dance
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack by 2.
Tickle
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's Attack and Defense by 1.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target.
Toxic Spikes
--
--
20
Poisons grounded foes on switch-in. Max 2 layers.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Tentacruel can perform in Black/White. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive BW Move and Ability Combos for Tentacruel

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